Batteries, Community Spirit Help California Fight Heat Wave

Dire predictions of blackouts in California during a fearsome heat wave this month never came to pass, with technology – and a dose of community spirit – helping the creaking grid through its most testing period ever.

The mercury topped 110 Fahrenheit (43 Celsius) on consecutive days, as a thrumming heat dome parked itself over the western United States.

But the grid never failed, thanks in part to the state’s quietly acquired battery fleet.

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